If you are trying to maximize your muscle building gains or learn how to lose weight safely, you will need to be aware of a few important factors if you are to see any real results. The biggest factor, of course, is learning how to optimize your eating habits to suit your goals.
In today’s post, you will learn how to do this for yourself.
Fat loss is a common goal in the gym. However, ninety percent of people who list this as their primary goal have overlooked the one aspect which is going to get them there – their daily calorie intake. The basic science behind fat loss is that if you eat less, you will lose more.
However, when it comes to building lean mass we need to look at something a little bit more in depth. That is because we don’t simply want to add some size, we want to ensure it is the right kind of size. In order to do this, we need to see where those calories are actually coming from.
There is more than enough conflicting information out there to over complicate the process of dieting. That’s why so many people at your local gym are completely lost. However, it’s not very difficult to set yourself some proven, effective goals.
* Total daily calories = target body weight in pounds x 15.
So for someone who wanted to be 180 lbs, they would multiply 180 x 15. This will give that individual a daily calorie target of 2700.
* Protein = Take 30% of your total calorie intake and divide it by 4.
Getting the right split of the three macronutrients is critical to ensuring your calories are coming from the right places. For protein, we can establish that 30% of 2700 is 810 calories. Now divide this by four and you’ll be given a target of 202 grams per day.
* Total daily carbohydrate intake = 55% of overall calories divided by 4.
Carbohydrates are our best friend when trying to add size to our frame. Many people mistakenly believe protein is the key, but it is not. 55% of your calories should arrive from carbohydrates. In the case of our 180 lb male, this would be 1485 calories. Share this by 4 and we get a target of 371 grams.
* Total daily fat intake = 15% of overall calories divided by 9.
Our body still needs to consume fats if we are going to achieve our fitness goals. It is a vital macronutrient. So to establish your fat intake, we need 15% of our calorie goal. This is 405. We then divide this by 9, which is the number of calories in one gram of fat, and we can see that our daily intake of fats should be around 45 grams.
The difference between bulking up safely and cleanly, as opposed to simply eating everything in sight, is the fine line which separates those who add good size from those who simply add a ton of fat. You don’t want to gain size on your arms at the expense of your gut, of course. Learning the science behind how to lose weight and build lean muscle can be a confusing affair, so playing around with the principles is a key factor in striking a balance which suits your individual body.